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The Swellers With Motion City Soundtrack

Jan. 26 • Bogart's

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Even as record sales dip to no apparent end, labels are still a significant source of pride, stability, experience and (despite poor sales) money for young bands. The Swellers know a good label's value intimately, probably because it's taken them eight years to find one.  

Music: The Swellers with Motion City Soundtrack

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 19, 2010
The Swellers, from Flint, Mich., play a Screeching Weasel style of Pop-Punk with hook-heavy material that has gained loads of polish. They're opening for Motion City Soundtrack tonight at Bogart's.  

Men at Dirty Work

King Khan & BBQ Show are Garage Rock's high priests of filth

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Ask Mark Sultan how he's doing, and small talk threatens to turn scatological. As The King Khan & BBQ Show cruise past Oregonian woodlands en route to its Portland date, the singer/guitarist responds with a bill of clean health and quickly reports that the highlight of his drive has been a deer adorned with "a Mohawk of shit."  

Music: King Khan & BBQ Show

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Knowing the reputations of Arish “King” Khan and Sultan (aka “BBQ”), it’s tough to be legitimately offended by the smut they unapologetically spew. In the ’90s the pair served in the feisty Spaceshits. Today, the Montreal/Berlin-based troublemakers use the Show as an outlet to revel in a time-tripping goulash of Doo Wop and Garage Rock. They play the Northside Tavern.  

Music: Black Cobra

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Choronomega, Black Cobra’s September full-length from Southern Lord, represents a point of growth for the band as an increased focus on their existentialism-tinged lyrics and engaging album art. This Sludge Metal band plays the Southgate House with Paralyzer and Black Tusk.  

Black Cobra with Paralyzer and Black Tusk

Nov. 24 • Southgate House

0 Comments · Monday, November 16, 2009
In its infancy, the pummeling Sludge Metal of Black Cobra wasn't generated by a full-time "band." Instead, it was produced by two musicians working remotely from separate coasts, Jason Landrian and Raffa Martinez. That was a few years ago, but they have no plans of expanding past the current ranks.  

Music: NerdPow!

0 Comments · Thursday, November 12, 2009
Though there is a vast audience for video game-related music, the sounds’ architects are scattered across the country and beyond. To repair this dilemma, two gaming aficionados have founded NerdPow!, an affair touted as “The Great Lake Region's first and only Nerdcore and video game music concert.” 11 a.m. Holiday Inn Sharonville.  

Nerds of a Feather

The inaugural NerdPow! celebrates better video gaming through music

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 10, 2009
With game developers taking frequent technological leaps and the popularity of Rock Band and Guitar Hero nearing the point of cultural oversaturation, current video game music is light years removed from the tinny din and clunky MIDI palettes of yesteryear. Exhibit A: Cincinnati's first NerdPow!, featuring live performances, a subculture-chronicling documentary film and games to play as musicians rotate between sets.  

Music: Cheap Girls

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 10, 2009
The Lansing, Mich.-based group — starring brothers Ben and Ian Graham (the latter handles bass and vocals) and guitarist Adam Aymor — turn out vibrant Power Pop/Pop-Punk with heavy ‘90s Alt/Indie Rock vibes. My Roaring 20s, the band’s second full-length, was released last month. They play the Bikehaus with Failures' Union, Knife the Symphony and Army Coach.  

Cheap Girls with Failures' Union, Knife the Symphony and Army Coach

Nov. 14 • Bikehaus

0 Comments · Sunday, November 8, 2009
When three guys heading toward their twenties formed Cheap Girls two and a half years ago, the project was intended to be something that they wouldn't take too seriously. Each of them had been in other groups before, and this one was supposed to have a good time without hitting the highways. One party quickly led to another and Cheap Girls quickly gained impressive momentum — so much that they reconsidered that original plan.